Let the Tony Hawk worship begin!

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 for the Xbox 360 is here! I go months and months without a Hawk fix (since I’ve completed every other Tony Hawk game), and then I get Downhill Jam for the DS last week, and now this.

It always amuses me when I get 360 games from Play Asia, as you never know which region you’re going to get. This one is Australian!

Write a book? Six words allowed!

Stumbled across this today, which is quite entertaining. Sort of. Wired have got a load of writers to write some books that are just six words long.

I particularly liked:

Mind of its own. Damn lawnmower.
– David Brin

Very Short Stories

Viva Pinata: Giving children nightmares

If you’ve been reading my gaming diary, you’ll know I got a copy of Viva Pinata for the Xbox 360 this week. It’s the same sort of game as Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, and is written by Rare. It’s also very cute. There’s a TV cartoon series to match too, so it’s clearly mainly aimed at kids. Which is why I bought it, obviously, since I am a child. Or not.

Anyway. It’s very child-friendly for the most part. I played for a few hours, having my hand held by on-screen helper Leafos (a strange woman with a green mask thing), and soon my garden was in bloom with all sorts of cute pinata animals. I had some Whirlms (worms), a few Sparrowmints (sparrows) and some assorted moths and flies and stuff. Then I spotted some Bunnycombs (rabbits). Which are very cute, and clearly I needed to have some. I laid out carrots for them, and soon one became a resident in the garden. Hurrah!

And then, a short while later, it was VICIOUSLY KILLED AND EATEN by a wild fox-like Pretztail. I really actually cried real actual tears*. Horrific! Children who play this game will need months of councelling to get over that! Evil, evil Rare.

It doesn’t even get any better, as soon even your own pinatas start turning on each other, smashing each other’s brains out, making them explode, and eating the sweets they contain. It’s awful to watch.

* May not be actually true.

What you need to train as a MCDST

Whilst browsing the Home Learning College website, looking for training courses, I found one for a “Microsoft¬¨?Ü Certified Desktop Support Technician”. OK, so it’s not what I’m looking for, but the thing that struck me about the course was the machine the guy in the picture was using.

It’s a MacBook.

Certified Desktop Support Technician Course

Shiny new phone gadget thing!

It’s a phone! It’s a PDA! It’s a portable web browser! It’s a bluetooth modem! It doesn’t actually work! Yet!

It seems I need to wait a while (up to 24 hours) before it’ll actually connect with T-Mobile. Or something. But it is very shiny, no?

New site live!

But you knew that, right? Up until just now, my blog was only viewable by me. How exciting that was! Now, though, everyone can see it. Hurrah!

Phoenix Wright 2 Hilarity

The original Phoenix Wright was funny. Really funny. Especially Sal Manella the film director. He hasn’t made an appearance (yet, at least) in the sequel, but today I came across Moe the clown, in Case 3.

(picture nicked from here)

And that’s not all…

“In 1972 a crack clown unit was sent to prison by a clown court for a crime they didn’t commit. These clowns promptly escaped from a maximum security clown car…”

Amazing scenes.

Nikon punishes Cuban boy for Castro

Apparently, some 12 year old Cuban kid can’t get his prize in a competition because the camera contains parts embargoed by the US.

The US drew up the list in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis. Apparently it is very worried about 12 year olds getting their paws on digital cameras in case they disassemble it and build a nuclear missile.


Nikon punishes Cuban boy for Castro